I probably shouldn’t confess this – brides everywhere will have my guts for lacy blue garters – but a tiny, sugar-coated, almond-sized part of me was looking forward to my Mexican honeymoon more than my actual wedding day.
You know, the moment you and your hubby finally get to relax?
Long gone are the petty arguments over the first dance and the seating plans.
The only decision we wanted to make on our week-long break was whether we ordered champagne at the swim-up pool bar or sipped cocktails on the beach.
That’s why we chose the five-star Excellence in Playa Mujeres, Cancun.
With a personal concierge and 24-hour room service, this adult-only all-inclusive hotel was one wedding plan we did agree on!
Lapped by the Caribbean Sea, it offers the same calibre of soft white sand beaches and bath-warm blue sea as the Maldives or St Lucia, at a snip of the price.
But that doesn’t mean they scrimp on anything.
Pulling up at the grand gold-gated entrance, just 25 minutes from the airport, we were handed a glass of champagne before being whisked through the sprawling marble lobby to our private check-in.
We’d upgraded to the Excellence Club and there were plenty of perks to follow.
We were spoiled with superior toiletries, a private beach and members-only pools.
With no unsightly wristbands to differentiate between guests, it’s the waiters’ job in these secluded areas to remember you by face, making you feel extra special.
They even recalled couples (and their favourite tipples ) who had visited a year earlier.
With attention to detail like this, it’s no surprise the hotel is at least 85-95 per cent full all year round.
But you wouldn’t know it to wander around the extensive grounds.
With seven pools, nine restaurants and a two-mile long beach, on our first day we didn’t see another person – except for the waitress refilling our glasses.
We headed to the main pool. With a swim-up bar, live Spanish or Jamaican bands and plenty of sun loungers, it had a party atmosphere. And by now, we were ready to continue our celebrations!
After four nights, we checked into the family-friendly Beloved Hotel next door.
The three-year-old resort has 109 rooms, every one catering for a family of five.
After the merriment at the Excellence, the silent surroundings at the Beloved felt like a welcome detox
And what better way to make your body feel like a temple than with a visit to the spa?
We enjoyed a couple’s back massage, which ended in a milk mousse bubble bath.
Now our skin was glowing, we decided to have a big night out.
Just a 10-minute taxi ride away from Cancun city, it only cost a few pounds to get to the main strip.
We escaped from it all, on board the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise. The Spanish galleon set sail as the sun was going down, before a dinner of succulent steak and meaty lobster was served.
By the end of the night it was hard to resist getting up on the deck and swaying to the soft live sax under the stars.
Rachel Williams was a guest of Sovereign Luxury Travel, who offer seven nights at the Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico from £1,539 pp on an all-inclusive basis, departing on March 19, 2013. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick (includes a 20 per cent discount). They also offer seven nights at The Beloved Hotel, Mexico from £1,625 pp, departing on March 4, 2013. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick (Includes a 40 per cent discount). Call 0844 415 1936 or visit sovereign.com.